Without the farm-fresh fruits and vegetables of summer, it may seem difficult to stick to an alkaline diet during winter, but the truth is we can find an abundance of delicious alkalising meals to enjoy in winter. We’ve put together a range of tips to help you maintain your intake of alkaline throughout winter.
What Is An Alkaline Diet?
You’ve probably heard the term ‘alkaline diet’ popping up in the health and wellness space. Feel your best this winter by focusing on a range of alkaline fruit and vegetables to sustain your diet.
The alkaline diet is more of a lifestyle choice than a diet. It focuses on balancing your body’s pH levels by eating a diet heavy in alkaline fruit and vegetables with less intake of meat and refined foods.
The focus on an alkaline diet has stemmed from an understanding that most modern diets are highly acidic. This is due to the increased consumption of processed foods, cold cut meats, processed cereals, grains and refined sugars and carbohydrates. The problem with this is that an acidic environment is a breeding ground for illness.
Our body’s pH scale is measured between 1 – 14, with the optimum pH level being around 7.35-7.45. A foods acidity is determined by the residue it leaves in the human body. This is why seemingly acidic foods such as lemon are actually considered alkaline because once digested it alkalises the body’s pH balance.
Why Is Alkaline Considered Important?
If your body is too acidic it can lead to reduced bone density, muscle wastage and fatigue. Some short-term symptoms of high acidity in your blood are:
- constant colds
- joint pain
- brain fog
- anxiety or depression
Although diet plays a large part in your body’s acidity levels, lifestyle factors can also have a major effect and should be monitored. A few key lifestyle factors that affect your pH levels are:
- alcohol and drug use
- high caffeine intake
- use of antibiotics
- poor chewing and eating habits
- excess animal meats in the diet
- chronic stress
- strenuous exercise
Alkaline Fruit & Vegetables Currently At Your Local Fruit Shop
To keep you feeling your best this winter, try to counteract the stressors of everyday life with a healthy, balanced diet. Aim to consume a majority of alkaline fruit and vegetables in each meal. To help you get started, here are a few seasonal fruit and vegetables that can help to alkalise your blood levels:
Vegetables: Asparagus, endive, dark leafy greens, grasses, sprouts, tomato, green beans, beets, capsicum and ginger.
Fruit: lemon, lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, coconut and avocado
An Example Alkaline Meal Plan
If you are looking for some alkaline inspiration, here’s an example of a one-day meal plan on an alkalising diet:
Breakfast: Veggie Omelette with two eggs, spinach, broccoli and green onion.
Ginger, lemon and honey tea.
Snack: Orange + handful of seeds
Lunch: Green Buddha Bowl
Avocado, edamame, spinach, kale, cucumber, sesame and alfalfa sprouts. Drizzle lemon and olive oil over the salad and add salt and pepper to taste.
Snack: Vegetable sticks and homemade hummus.
Dinner: Salmon with roast sweet potato and charred beet greens.
Visit Your Local Fruit Shop
Feel your best this winter by focusing on a range of alkaline fruit and vegetables to sustain your diet. Head to Your Local Fruit Shop for an amazing range of fresh, alkalising produce.